Decoy Planting to Protect Vegetables

Over the past few months, I have invested time, energy and money into growing plants to produce food. Finding missing seedlings or leaves stripped bare by slugs and other pests can be very demotivating. In previous years I would have put slug pellets down around my plants to protect them. This year I wanted to…

Subsidised compost bin

Buying compost is one of the highest costs in my garden. I use new compost each year to grow potatoes in grow bags, sow seeds and mulch the veg patch and flower beds. I moved to peat-free compost, which is better for the environment, but it does cost more. The Miracle Grow Peat Free Compost…

Progress – Vegetable Garden

In my last few blog posts, I have talked about getting behind on this year’s growth (The first sowing of 2022, Better Late than Never & Transplanting from greenhouse to veg patch). In part, this was due to the fantastic weather we had in April and May, which felt more like summer than spring, but…

5 Tips for Watering Your Garden

I have been trying to improve my gardening techniques to produce more and to have healthier plants. During a recent spell of hot weather I was struggling to keep keep my plants looking well, so I took a look at how and when I was watering. The YouTube video below share 5 tips I picked…

Adding chickens to the garden

About two months ago, we headed out to a small farm just outside an idyllic Norfolk village. It was the sort of village that would have been written about in classic English literature, no paths, single-lane roads built for horse and cart, and cows grazing the common. The location would not be amiss in a…

The Sun is Here

The sun has arrived here in the East of England and temperatures are on the rise, it’s time to clear the greenhouse and get plants outside.

June 2021 in photos

June has been colder than average this year, resulting in slow growth and a delay in getting plants out of the greenhouse. This time last year, we had heatwaves while on lockdown. What a difference a year can make. I have started my Instagram account again (@norfolk_gardening); please head over there and support this site…

Photos from earlier this year

I started taking photos of plants in my garden to keep a record progress throughout the year. Here are a few shots from earlier this year, taken late June and early July.

Seeds to sow in June

I tend to sow the most between March and May each year and, until recently, I didn’t consider planting at any other time of the year. Limiting myself to sowing during spring meant I didn’t make use of my home allotment and garden all year round, so I have been exploring what veg does well…

5 Reasons to grow Potatoes in Grow Bags

I’ve always grown potatoes in beds either at home or at my old allotments. I love growing potatoes but starting them off has still required quite a bit of work and taken up a lot of space. Most years, I lose a few to pests and blight. I have persisted with growing potatoes because they…